Month: April 2021

State Schools and Private Unis: Understanding the US University Landscape

There are over 4,500 universities in the US offering undergraduate degrees compared to the 130 schools in the UK. The sheer size of the US high education system makes it enviable in terms of choice and quality. Yet, the vast array of US schools means students can choose universities, at every level of selectivity, that[…]

Teacher Recommendations: Who to Ask and What They Should Look Like

Students applying to selective US unis will need recommendations that are different than the standard UCAS letter! Students will need a counsellor letter, often written by a Form Tutor, Housemaster/mistress, or Head of Sixth Form. Also, the student will need two teacher recommendations. Teacher recommendations should come from two A-level or International Baccalaureate teachers from two of the[…]

Extracurricular Activities: Why They Matter

Preparing to attend a US university requires choosing rigorous courses, preparing for the SAT or ACT, and also investing in extracurricular pursuits. In fact, the key difference between the US and other global higher education systems is the emphasis placed on extracurricular activities. Students often ask what activities they should invest in to maximise their chance[…]

How to Succeed on the SAT Math Non-Calculator Section

The Non-Calculator section contains twenty questions to answer in twenty-five minutes. This section covers algebra and graphing including: linear equations, systems, functions and inequalities; interpreting and solving quadratic equations, polynomials; interpreting linear, quadratic and exponential graphs. Success on SAT Math comes down to 3 important steps: Reading the Question Closely: as obvious as it sounds,[…]

Academic Rigour and Academic Record: What Top US Unis Want to See

Though there are many differences between the US admissions process and other international higher education systems, all systems make your academic achievement the most significant part of the evaluation. Assessing a student’s secondary school record will include a review of the rigour of the courses taken and grades received and/or predicted. Keep in mind that[…]

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